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If you’ve ever owned a pet, then you know how much love, affection, and joy they can bring to you. This rule especially applies to dogs. That feeling you get when your dog is jumping up and down after you’ve been gone all day is almost irresistible. But did you also know that they come with some powerful mental and physical health benefits? Dogs can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring for a dog can help children grow up more secure and active or provide valuable companionship for older adults. Perhaps most importantly, though, a dog can add real joy and unconditional love to your life.
Divorce can cause traumatic conditions such as depression, anxiety, and added stress to maneuver its way into your life. Dogs have evolved to be in tune with us humans. More than any other animal they can feed on our behavior and emotions. While most people who own a dog or two know the value of the joy that they bring. Still, many of these owners are unaware of the actual physical and health benefits of owning a dog. There is a reason you can get a service tag for your dog to be your companion.
Long term studies have shown that people who own dogs are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets, their blood pressure is often lower in stressful situations (like divorce), and playing with your dog can elevate the levels of serotonin and dopamine that help you to stay calm and relaxed.
As humans, we crave touching and affection. The basic human needs to touch and feel. I believe that one of the worst parts of going through a divorce is losing the ability to feel your spouse. This is one of the healthy therapeutic effects that dogs can have on humans. All the snuggling, petting and rubbing on your dog that you will do will ultimately resemble the craving to touch that you’ve been missing making for a more calmed and relaxed mood. Sometimes as humans, we have the need to feel wanted and/or needed – it’s just in our nature. Dogs are like children, they need you to care for them and they want you to want them. If you’re having a tough time right now with your divorce, you may want to consider getting a dog.
Maybe you just read all of that and you’re thinking, “well, I’m not a dog person.” And all I can say to that is, get a cat. I believe that having any sort of animal companion while going through a divorce is a very therapeutic thing that will help you tremendously through the process. Here at Holistic Divorce, we don’t believe in you having to go through this process alone, you shouldn’t have to. So, if you’re finding it difficult to express yourself to a friend or therapist in this present time then a pet is a good option for you.